DIY Natural Inks & Dyes

DIY Natural Inks and Dyes

Join this introductory workshop with artist Nikki Garnham as she guides you through the process of brewing your own natural inks and dyes using regular household and recycled materials.

Create a unique batch of ‘live’ ink that evolves in colour and richness over time. In the spirit of DIY culture, get thrifty and creative with items around your home, using spices, vegetables, and basic kitchen tools. Using your new inks, Nikki will show you how to create botanical designs inspired by our Unearthed: Photography’s Roots exhibition.

You’ll come away with a set of inks in primary colours, a series of experimental drawings and a series of recipes for brewing high quality living inks that stay vibrant for years.

All experience levels are welcome, including complete beginners

You will need to source the following materials:

For inks: paprika, red cabbage and turmeric, spoons, chopping board, knife. Vinegar (any kind)/ lemon juice/ bicarbonate of soda/ bar soap.
For filters: Hessian cloth / coffee filter paper / paper towel sheets
To brew: three small pans, three small bowls and three small jars with lids
To paint: paper, three basic paint brushes and a glass of water to clean your brush.

This workshop will take place on Zoom. Ticket-holders will be emailed a link to participate in advance. 

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Southwark Carers
3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church,
54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EW
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020 7708 4497

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Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).

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Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45